Halloween Songs

I need Halloween Songs and the Artist who did them.

Can you guys give me a list.

“Monster In My Pants” - Fred Schneider

From Warren Zevon: ‘Excitable Boy’, ‘Werewolves of London’, and ‘Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner’.

The Pogues: ‘Turkish Song of the Damned’

The Who: ‘Boris the Spider’

Halloween-- The Misfits

Anything from the Nightmare Before Christmas. Danny Elfman and Tim Burton.

Off the top of my head, here are some that might qualify:

“Please Mr. Gravedigger” by David Bowie
“Graveyard” by Trip Shakespeare
“Wicked Annabella” by the Kinks
“Shadow of Fear” by Madness
and since FilmGeek mentioned Danny Elfman, there’s gotta be something by Oingo Boingo—maybe “Dead Man’s Party”?

On the cheezy Halloween cd I have:

Monster Mash
Addams Family Theme
Ghostbusters Theme
Jaws Theme
Twilight Zone Theme
Purple People Eater
Love Potion #9
Werewolves of London
Hitchcock Theme
Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor
(sorry, it doesn’t list artists)
Other things that have been on my Halloween party playlists:
Season of the Witch-Donovan
Illuminati–Fatboy Slim
Dead Man’s Party-Oingo Boingo
Purple People Eater–Witch Doctor–The Big Bopper
Witch Doctor–Ray Stevens

‘Tubular Bells’ from ‘The Exorcist’

Every Day is Halloween, by Ministry

Tubular Bells is by Mike Oldfirld, btw.

Mannheim Steamroller just released a two-CD Halloween album.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus

Gregorian Chants

I picked up a CD of Indian chants and music that’s pretty halloweeny too

Night on Bald Mountain, an orchestral piece written by Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky.

Ghost of John traditional song. Can be sung in rounds (like Row, Row Your Boat). Here is sheet music and midi and here is a recording. And for an orchestral rendering (click on “ghost of john”).

And if you do a search on Amazon for halloween, you’ll get all sorts of hits and referrals (“people who bought this album also purchased…”).

Goblin Girl by Frank Zappa
It’s Halloween by the Shaggs
Spooky Boogie by Gentle Giant

AC/DC - Hell’s Bells, Highway to Hell
Alice Cooper - I Love The Dead, Welcome to my Nightmare
Annie Lennox - Love Song For a Vampire
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Cheap Trick - Dream Police
CCR - Bad Moon Risin’
David Bowie - Cat People
Doors - People Are Strange
Eagles - Witchy Woman
ELO - Evil Woman
Elton John - Funeral for a Friend, Midnight Creeper
Gerard McMann - Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)
Hooters - All You Zombies
Marilyn Martin - Sorceror
Metallica - Fade to Black
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
Pink Floyd - One of These Days, Careful With That Axe Eugene
Santana - Evil Ways
Savatage - Ghost in the Ruins
The Who - Boris the Spider
Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

Look for scary movie themes, too - Halloween, Omen, Nightmare Before Christmas, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.

I’d have to say pretty much everything recorded by Bauhaus and the Cramps. Ditto for the Misfits up to Glenn Danzig’s departure. Of course, if your audience is children or people who don’t like atonal noise and rockabilly songs about necrophilia, maybe you’ll be better off sticking to Bobby “Boris” Pickett (“The Monster Mash”). The artists I’ve suggested, while all wonderful, may be a little much for folks who only do the whole horror thing in late October rather than year-round.

And that particular Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is probably the famous one by Bach (JS). Camille Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre” is good, too.

Woe and alas! What has Western Civilization devolved to when ancient religious songs (and some of them blatantly Christian) are lumped in with Halloweeny mood music?

Now, I’ll grant you that certain chants, because of their melodic construction (in a minor chord, e.g.) or their topic matter (prayers for the dead) may fit the bill. But be wary of casting too wide a net.


Well, one might argue that Halloween got its beginnings from religious ceremonies honoring the dead.

Of course, one would do that in Great Debates, not in Cafe Society.

I learned a different set of (not copyrighted, I trust!) lyrics to that tune:

“Have you seen the ghost of Tom?
Eyes bulged out and nose too long
With big ugly teeth and a shiny white chin
Only one cheek to keep his tongue in”

Not specifically Halloween-themed, but possibly relevant:

Ghost Riders in the Sky

Ghosts of Cape Horn

Like a Sunday in Salem

Hey, it’s All Hallows Eve, the day before All Saints Day so I think religious music are totally appropriate!

All Soul’s Night - Loreena McKennitt
Witches Hat - The Incredible String Band
Moondance - Van Morrison
I Scare Myself - Dan Hick and His Hot Licks
Season of the Witch - Donovan
Hypnotized - Fleetwood Mac
Wolf Eyes - Paul Winter Consort